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Freshmen Orientation

Harpur College Students

  • June 27-28 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 8-9 (Harpur College and Student Support Services Summer Program)
  • July 15-16 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 18-19 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 25-26 (Harpur College and Binghamton Advantage Program)
  • July 29-30 (Harpur College)

Professional School Students

(Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Community and Public Affairs, Decker School of Nursing and School of Management)

  • July 1-2 (School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson School of Engineering)
  • July 11-12 (School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson School of Engineering)
  • July 22-23 (Decker School of Nursing, School of Management, College of Community and Public Affairs, Watson School of Engineering)

All freshman sessions take place over two days and students will be housed in one of Binghamton's residence halls for the night of Orientation.

*We strongly encourage students to attend a June/July session to ensure proper course registration. If you cannot attend one of the dates above, you must contact New Student Programs to discuss your options (607-777-2878). 

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  • Friday, May 31, 2019 (SUNY Welcome Center/Schwarz Theater, 33 West 42nd Street - Check-In 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Orientation Meeting 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM)
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 (SUNY Welcome Center/Schwarz Theater, 33 West 42nd Street - Check-In 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Orientation Meeting 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM)
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019  (Binghamton University, Mandela Room, University Union - Check-In 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Orientation Meeting 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

Freshman admitted via the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) must attend one of these sessions.  To register for one of these orientations, visit our EOP registration page for more information.

If you cannot attend one of the dates above, you must contact the EOP department to discuss your options (607-777-2361).

*Note: EOP Freshman only attend the Binghamton Enrichment Program as part of their Orientation. There is no need to sign up for an additional Orientation session from those Harpur dates in July.

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How to register for the program

Every newly admitted student who has paid his/her admission deposit should receive an invitation from the Orientation Office starting in the middle of May. (Invitations are continuously mailed to students and families beginning at the middle of May.) If you do not receive an invitation via postal mail by May 31, 2019, contact our office so we may assist you either over the phone (607-777-2878) or through e-mail ( If you have any trouble registering for Orientation, contact our office at the phone number above for assistance.

Family members are welcome to attend our Family Orientation program that runs concurrently with the student Orientation. Visit our Family Orientation page for further information.

Students may register for an Orientation date by going to the Orientation registration page, following the five step process, and submitting their reservation. Here, you can also register any family members that you wish to attend the family program. 

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Before you arrive: Pre-Orientation

To help better prepare for your on-campus summer Orientation experience in just a few short weeks, it's important that you go through a series of online videos and digital documents designed to aid in your academic success and to assist in developing your first semester college schedule. Visit MyBinghamton,, after May 2 to complete the Orientation Checklist. These are absolutely essential steps in order to maximize the benefits of academic advising and get the best possible academic schedule during your orientation.

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Session information

The Orientation program has many sessions designed specifically to answer any questions you may have as Binghamton University’s newest community members. We hope you’ll meet other students, share experiences, take care of University business (including registering for classes), learn more about your new home away from home – and, most of all, relax and have fun!

In order to attain the most from your attendance at the Orientation program, plan on attending all sessions. The program begins with check-in on the first day and concludes after course registration in the afternoon of the second day. Below are some highlights of the program, as well as a general schedule.

Students will need to check into Orientation between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Tillman Lobby, located in the University Union, on the first day of Orientation. Opening session will begin at 1 p.m. and all Orientation participants should be present. Orientation will conclude by 2:00 p.m. on day two. All students will receive a detailed Orientation schedule upon checking in.

Academic advising meetings with faculty, professional advisors and Orientation Advisors take place throughout the program so that you receive the information necessary to assist you as you select your first-semester classes.

Opportunities to interact with other new students and Orientation staff to learn about campus and student life issues and the resources available to assist you throughout your time at Binghamton University. Meetings and sessions are scheduled for each program, in small- and large-group settings.

Campus Services Fair to provide you with the opportunity to ask specific questions about or sign up for individual programs and services such as dining/meal plans, student ID cards, banking, computers, phones, refrigerator rentals, a BUC$ account, FitSpace gym membership and the University Bookstore.

Day 1:

  • Check in and Campus Services Fair
  • University Welcome
  • Small group meeting with your Orientation Advisor
  • Residential Hall presentation and tour
  • General Academic Advising
  • Student Interest Meetings
  • Presentations by the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, Multicultural Resource Center, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program
  • Math Placement Exam
  • Late Nite

Day 2:

  • Keys to Being a Successful Harpur Student
  • Find Your Fit
  • Course Registration 

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Math Placement Exam Information

Calculus Placement Procedures

Over 1,400 students take an introductory calculus course (Math 220,Calculus for Business and Management; Math 223, Intro to Calculus/Math 224, Differential Calculus; or Math 224, Differential Calculus/Math 225, Integral Calculus) each year. Some students take it because it is one way to fulfill the SUNY requirement for a mathematical reasoning course; some students take it because it is required for their major in the sciences, or required for medical school or other health-related graduate program. Many more take calculus because they are interested in the subject for its own sake, and because they wish to develop their analytical skills.

Calculus is a challenging course — at Binghamton and most universities. Even if you took calculus in high school, you are likely to find introductory calculus a challenging course. To help place students in the most appropriate mathematics/reasoning course, the Department of Mathematics requires each student to take a math placement test. The placement test schedule is available online. If you attend a summer Orientation session, you should plan to take the placement test at that time.

The Online Math Placement Self-Evaluation (“Practice Test”)

To provide students an opportunity to become familiar with the format of the evaluation, the math department has created an online math placement self-evaluation. We encourage you to take this “practice test” prior to attending your assigned Orientation session. In order for this evaluation to be helpful in your math placement, you should try to make your practice session as realistic as possible. As a result, we recommend the following:

  1. Complete the self-evaluation in one seating. You will have one hour before the computer ends the session.
  2. Do not consult any notes or textbooks, as you will not be able to use these during the actual diagnostic.
  3. Do not use a calculator. You will not be able to use a calculator during the actual placement evaluation.
  4. Make sure you have scratch paper and a pencil available when taking the self-evaluation.

The self-evaluation that you take at home is not a formal placement test, and your score does not go on your academic record. You will receive a score at the end, however, and that will help you find the right mathematics course for you. We strongly recommend that you print out a copy of this final page with your score, and bring it with you when you come to Orientation. You will use this score during academic advising and course registration.

Do I need to take the placement test?

If you wish to enroll in Math 220, Math 223/224 or Math 224/225, you will need to take the math placement test. The Department of Mathematics requires this placement test in order to ensure that you are properly prepared for this challenging course. You must complete this test in a supervised setting in order to enroll in these courses. The self-evaluation that you take on your own before coming to Orientation will not count as the placement test. If you attend a summer orientation session, you should plan to take the math placement test during your orientation session.

If your self-evaluation or placement test score indicates that you are not prepared for introductory calculus, but you wish to take calculus in the future, then you should enroll in Math 108 (Pre-Calculus). Years of experience have demonstrated that students with low scores on the placement test will perform poorly in Math 220 and Math 224/225. That is why the department recommends Math 108 for these students.

What if I don’t get a passing score when I take the test during Orientation, but I would like to take MATH 220, Math 223/224 or MATH 224/225 this fall?

Students who believe that their placement test score does not accurately reflect their skills may retake the exam before the start of classes. The placement test will be offered several times just before the start of classes in the fall, and during the first week of classes. The placement test schedule is available online. Students must wait at least one day before taking the placement test for a second time.

What if I don’t want to take calculus?

If you do not wish to take calculus, then you should consider one of the other mathematics or mathematical reasoning courses offered at Binghamton University. Other Harpur College courses that fulfill the university’s General Education requirement in mathematical reasoning (the “M requirement”) include Math 130 (Math in Action); Math 147 or 148 (Elementary Statistics); Philosophy 148 (Methods of Reasoning); and Psychology 243 (Statistical Analysis and Design).

For further information about the calculus and pre-calculus courses, please visit the Math Department’s calculus web page.

If you have a disability and are unable to take the self-evaluation or the placement test in the manner described, please let the Math Department know by phone 607-777-2148 or e-mail to arrange an accommodation.


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Last Updated: 4/15/19